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March 19, 2019
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Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Description
Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks a middle school English instructor with demonstrated success in teaching literary analysis, composition, and grammar, and inspiring in young adolescents a love for reading and writing; this teacher also has a homeroom class and facilitates student meetings, in conjunction with an student Advocacy program (similar to advisory). The English teacher also helps organize and chaperone a weeklong class trip during the school year.

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks a middle school English instructor with demonstrated success in teaching literary analysis, composition, and grammar, and inspiring in young adolescents a love for reading and writing; this teacher also has a homeroom class and facilitates student meetings as part of a student Advocacy program (similar to advisory). The English teacher also helps organize and chaperone a weeklong class trip during the school year.

Additionally, the English program (along with the rest of the middle school disciplines at ACDS) engages students in collaborative and independent projects, so the successful candidate will be both familiar and comfortable with project-based learning.

ACDS teachers are expected to differentiate instruction to meet a wide range of student needs and readiness levels. Key to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful applicant will value a cooperative learning environment in which colleagues work together for the benefit of the students. He or she will demonstrate cultural competency in his or her teaching, teamwork, and leadership. He or she will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.


Requirements/Responsibilities:

- Experience in working with middle school-aged children and in teaching literature, writing, and grammar effectively
- Familiarity with current middle school Language Arts/Literature curricula and instructional strategies appropriate to the middle school learner, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy
- Demonstrated success in designing and implementing differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs
- Familiarity with best practices in middle school instruction, including project-based learning
- Evidence of ongoing professional development
- Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style and cultural competency
- Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, commitment to personal and professional growth
- Technological competence and willingness to learn
- Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all ACDS faculty
- Teaching credential or equivalent preparation to teach


Preferred Qualifications:

- Minimum of 3 years of classroom experience as a lead teacher
- Experience with leading advisory
- Experience with project-based learning
- Experience with other content areas and electives


Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 350 students, with an average of 20 students per class. Our students graduate prepared for a rigorous high school experience. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 20 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, art, and in the middle school, more than 30 choices for elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, a robust integrated technology program, and a strong drama program all contribute to the emphasis on whole-child instruction at ACDS.

Our parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

ACDS students distinguish the school with their character and personality: Confident, caring, respectful, joyful, curious, engaged, motivated, fun. They are a delight to teach, advise, and coach.

We seek teaching candidates who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school.

For more information about Almaden Country School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website at www.almadencountrydayschool.org.

If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.
Contact
Jeremy Adams
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